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    03-16-2012, 11:38 AM
Cracked hoof
His foot has looked like this for about a year now, it's not bothering him or anything. I called my vet when it first started looking like this a she said probably cause it was so dry out and I should make sure he gets in mud cause that helps. Then I asked my horse shoer about it and he said to put a little water and bleach and brush it on once a week so I did that and it still looks like that. Like I said it's not bothering him its just that it doesn't look very pretty. Is there something else I can do?
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    03-16-2012, 11:42 AM
It might be helpful if you posted several pictures, from different angles. From what little I can see in this picture, I'd say that its a shoeing issue, and a different shoer might just get that fixed for you. But it could just be the funny angle of the picture...
    03-16-2012, 11:44 AM
Ok i'm guna take some more pictures later when I go out to ride.
    03-16-2012, 12:06 PM
Looks like he's in serious need of getting his feet done iv seen way worse cracks then that one.
    03-16-2012, 12:32 PM
What do you mean getting them done? Like shoed? Trimmed?
    03-16-2012, 12:59 PM
He needs to get them trimed or shod which ever one it is you have done his toe looks very long.That would get rid of most of the crack on that hoof I never let my horses toes get that long.
    03-16-2012, 01:16 PM
Ya that's my fault, I got him trimmed and shoed last october and im guna get them done next weekend
    03-16-2012, 01:18 PM
It looks superficial which is good. I have a mare that has a crack that we keep shod. As long as the crack is on the surface of the hoof, it really isn't necessary to have them shod, but I do it to prevent further stress on it because I baby my horses. However, my farrier did tell me that it was nothing to worry about and it will eventually grow out. You might try feeding Biotin supplements if you aren't already.
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    03-16-2012, 01:23 PM
Ok ya I heard of that
    03-16-2012, 01:32 PM
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We have a appy gelding with a huge crack. We added flax to his diet and have a fantastic farrier. Last summer we kept him shod, then barefoot with regular trims for the winter and we only have about a 1/2" left to go before it is completely grown out :)
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